How to Change Name on my Driving Licence?

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When you change your name, for whatever reason, it’s a nice feeling to know that all of your important documents, bank cards, and insurance policies are updated to reflect the new you.

But, amidst of all the companies and agencies that you need to get in contact with in order to initiate your request, it’s easy to overlook your driving licence which could be lurking at the back of your wallet or in a kitchen drawer. And, interestingly, the DVLA is the only company which requires you by law to have your driver’s licence match your new name.

The two most common types of identification documents are driving licences and passports, and if you don’t hold a valid passport, failing to change name on driving licence could lead to difficulties if you’re suddenly required to produce ID.

Luckily, the process to change name on your driving licence is a lot simpler than you might imagine, particularly if you’ve enlisted the help of yours truly, NameSwitch.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps you must follow to trigger the Drivers Licence change of name process, as well as explain how to change your name on V5C vehicle registration certificate. Luckily, (and quite fortuitously) both processes will also allow you to change your name and address at the same time, if relevant.

What documentation do I need to submit to change name on my driving licence?

If you have a car or motorbike licence, you’ll need to complete a D1 “Application for a Driving Licence” form or, if you hold a lorry or bus licence, you’ll need to complete a D2 “Application for a Lorry/Bus Licence” form. Both forms can be ordered from the DVLA website or picked up in most post offices, and the D1 pack is also available in Welsh. If you have opted for a NameSwitch Print Package, a D1 application form will be included in your pack.

Once you’ve filled out the relevant form, you must return it to the DVLA along with your photocard or paper driving licence and any supporting documents that confirm your new name. Please note that the original documents must be provided as proof of your name change.

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There are two steps to changing your name on your photocard drivers licence:

Step 1:

You do not need to complete any other sections if you have no other changes eg eyesight, health, lost, damaged or have an old paper licence.

Step 2: A cover letter has been generated in your pack which you can send off to the DVLA together with:

You will receive your driving licence and identity documents back separately via second class post. We recommend you include a self-addressed special delivery envelope which you can get from the post office and keep note of the tracking number. You should receive your driving licence within 3 weeks. You may continue to drive without it as long as you don't have any driving convictions, medical or any other restrictions.

The supporting documents that you will need to change name on driving licence depend on your personal circumstances. For example, if you’ve recently married, you must supply your marriage certificate. If you’ve changed names due to a divorce, you will need to send in your decree absolute. A name change due to separation requires both birth and marriage certificates. For any other change such as gender reassignment, you will need to provide a deed poll and/or a gender recognition certificate.

What does it cost to change name on my driving licence?

You may be pleased to hear that it doesn’t cost anything to change name on driving licence, however, charges apply if your photocard has been lost or stolen.

Is a photo required to change name on my driving licence?

You only need to supply the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency with new passport-style photos if you don’t already possess a photocard licence. If you hold a photocard licence, you’ll need to enclose it with your D1 or D2 application form.

Can I change my name on V5C vehicle registration document at the same time?

If you change your name, the DVLA requires you to update your vehicle registration document (commonly known as a log book) as well as your driving licence. And, because vehicle log books are so important, vehicle owners run the risk of a £1,000 fine if they fail to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency when you change name or address.

Thankfully, it couldn’t be easier to change your details on V5C certificate. If your name’s changed, simply write your new name in full in section 6 of your vehicle’s log book (N.B., make sure you don’t tick the “new keeper” box), and add a separate note to explain that you’ve changed your name. NameSwitch will provide you with a pre-populated letter to include when you send everything off to the DVLA.

If you have lost your V5C form you will need to provide the DVLA replacement V62 form This has a cost associated with it so it’s worth hunting out your V5C.

How long does the name change on driving licence process take?

You will normally receive your new driving licence within three weeks of application, although it may take longer if the DVLA has to check your personal or health details.

How long does the Vehicle Registration (V5C) name change process take?

It can take as long as six weeks to receive your new log book, so if your vehicle needs taxing before then, make sure that you tax your vehicle online or at your local post office prior to sending your log book off to the DVLA.

Is the change name on driving licence process different for Northern Ireland?

Yes. There is a different process for those wishing to change name on driving licence who are residents of Northern Ireland, details of which can be found on the website.

Whether you need to change name on driving licence, change address on V5 or find out more information in advance of changing your name, there are also likely to be so many other companies you’ll need to inform along the way.

Plus, it’s important not to forget about your vehicle insurance documentation. Having your trilogy of paperwork (N.B, your V5C, driving licence, and car insurance policy) aligned is essential, and avoids additional pain in the unfortunate event of an insurance claim.

At NameSwitch, we’re here to make the process of changing your name that much easier. As well as providing a plethora of useful FAQ's, blogs and name change guides on our website, our team of researchers are on hand to help you with specific questions and are continuously adding new categories and companies into the mix. The average person has seventeen companies which they need to notify and figuring out who needs what can be daunting.

With over 600 UK companies already mapped on our systems, we offer a range of packages at affordable prices that make notifying the relevant ones for each individual so much faster and without the fuss. Simply select your preferred package, and we’ll provide you with personalised letters and forms that can be accessed via our secure online portal ready for you to sign and send.

To find out more or to ask for advice on your particular situation, please feel free to get in contact, we will be more than happy to help.